Flying Caroline Takes Victory in Opening Brands Race

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Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography / British F3

A second win in as many weekends for Jamie Caroline continues his strong run of pace from Spa-Francorchamps. The Carlin driver made a strong start, pulling out a three-second gap to win the opening BRDC British Championship race of the weekend.

At a layout Jamie described as “man’s circuit” the defending F4 British Champion led from start to finish at Brands Hatch GP, with a gap of almost three seconds.

Caroline did not have a perfect start though, picking up wheel spin as the lights went out, holding off a challenge through the opening complex.

All eyes though were on Linus Lundqvist, running around the outside of both Billy Monger and Nicolai Kjaergaard on the run up to Druids. He could not find a way past Caroline, as the Carlin driver quickly found his feet in the forest.

At the end of the first lap he already had a one-second advantage over Lundqvist, only extending it as the race went on. Lundqvist meanwhile, was happy to console his place ahead of Kjaergaard. With the championship in mind, the Swede knew a second place was more than enough points for him to save his tyres.

Caroline as a result was unchallenged. Taking victory by nearly three seconds from Lundqvist and Kjaergaard. The Dane will be further frustrated after narrowly missing out on the fastest lap to the championship leader.

Despite starting third, Monger would fall back from the top three, finishing six seconds adrift in fourth place, holding off Carlin teammate Sun Yue Yang.

Kush Maini would be a further five seconds back, but a sixth place marks his best result since Silverstone with fellow Indian driver Krish Mahadik behind. The top ten was rounded out by Manuel Maldonado, Tom Gamble, with his first non-podium in four finishes, and Sasakorn Chaimongkol.

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